The headline of the day comes to us courtesy of the ever-observant New York Times:
Nothing gets by these people!
To be fair, the NFL also moved the 2008 season opener to a different day so it wouldn’t interfere whatsoever with John McCain’s acceptance speech. What? Oh, nevermind.
From CBS News:
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that the NFL is holding its opening game of the 2012-2013 season on Wednesday, September 5 in order to avoid conflict with President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, scheduled for the next night.
The game, hosted by the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, will begin on September 5 at 8:20 p.m. Eastern Time. The opposing team has yet to be determined. Mr. Obama’s speech on September 6 is set to be held at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium.
A Democratic official told Hotsheet that Democrats did not request the change.
“The decision to move the NFL season opener was made by the league alone, not at the request of the [Democratic National Convention Committee] or Obama Campaign,” said the official.
Instead, the game will be played at the same time Joe Biden will be giving his acceptance speech, so the good news is that you’re likely to see some fumbling no matter which one you decide to watch.
There hasn’t been an NFL game on a Wednesday since September of 1948, but I don’t think it had anything to do with the league giving deference to Harry Truman.
(h/t Right Sphere)
Wait, Gitmo’s still open?
From Fox News:
At a time of record deficits, a new soccer field for detainees at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay is just getting the finishing touches — at a cost of $750,000 to taxpayers.
The project was the highlight of a tour Tuesday of the detention camp for reporters at the facility covering the arraignment in a military court of Majid Khan, a former Baltimore resident and the the only legal U.S. resident on trial at Guantanamo.
The project began in April 2011 and is due to finish this spring. The detainees will now have three recreation facilities at Camp 6, which is home to “highly compliant” detainees who live in a communal setting.
If the project takes longer than expected to complete, the detainees can expect a profuse apology from the Obama administration.
Sources tell me that detainees are also being allowed to produce a movie about their love of soccer, entitled “Bend it Like Khalid.”
Update: I was going to start a new post for this but it might fit here better as an update.
Mitt Romney has won Arizona, which was not unexpected, but Michigan is tighter. With 45% of the vote in, Romney is up 41% to 38%.
I’ve seen numbers from the heavily Democrat areas, mainly Oakland and Wayne counties (Detroit and surrounding areas), and Romney leads there by larger margins than the rest of the state — which puts to rest much of the the “Santorum is mobilizing Democrats to vote for him” theory. If Santorum was trying to do that it doesn’t appear it worked. It’s also bad news for Santorum because the counties with the most population are heavily leaning toward Romney, and a lot of that vote has yet to come in.
Back later when they call a winner.
Update II: 70% of the vote in and Romney holds his lead and is even extending it a bit. The networks haven’t yet, but I’ll call this one for Romney.
So what’s next? Super Tuesday. Romney has a very clear advantage now.
Update III: CNN just called Michigan for Romney.
From this point on, as much as I’m not crazy about how the Republican race has played out, I’m just going to try to focus on the ultimate goal, which is to vote out Obama in November.
I think that’s one of the longest titles I’ve ever used, but it seemed to fit.
First up, Mitt Romney’s been denouncing Santorum’s “dirty trick” as a “new low.” The accusation is that Santorum is “recruiting” Democrats via robo-calls to vote for him in the state’s open primary.
Now, what kind of a person would cross over and vote for a candidate from a different party just to screw up their nominating process? Well, Mitt Romney for one.
Does the guy who teamed up with Ted Kennedy to pass a health care law that was ultimately used as a model for Obamacare really want to say that his opponent’s robo-calls to Democrats is a “dirty trick”? If that’s a dirty trick, what’s this:
Also, some bad news for the GOP base: Romney will not resort to self follicular immolation in order to attract your vote:
It’s very easy to excite the base with incendiary comments. We’ve seen throughout the campaign if you’re willing to say really outrageous things that are accusative, attacking of President Obama, that you’re going to jump up in the polls. I’m not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am. I’m a person with extensive experience in the private sector, in the economy.
Judging by the tone of the Romney campaign yesterday and today, it looks to me as if they’re laying a groundwork of excuses for a potential loss in Michigan tonight. We’ll see what happens later. I’ll post updates as the votes are counted this evening.
Most of the “stars” at this year’s Academy Awards were curiously shy about talking politics. Why? Could it be that in the past few years they’ve gotten exactly what they begged for and now realize it ain’t so great?
PETA activist James Cromwell and uber hypocrite Michael Moore didn’t disappoint, however.
I’m partial to the actress whose response to the gas price question was “they’re way higher in Europe, I can tell you.” Obama should adopt that as a talking point and see how it works out:
(h/t Big Hollywood)
Sorry Joe, but something’s got to be done:
And the best part is that Obama is allowed to count the $10,000 tax credit as a campaign contribution. The new VP has already paid for himself.
The campaign trail this summer just got a lot more fuel efficient. Look for the new VP to be coming soon to your town to ask if it can bum an electrical outlet:
Some don’t see the humor in any of this.
A while back the White House denied Newt Gingrich’s charge that Obama is the “food stamp president,” a title they instead tried to bestow upon, you guessed it, George W. Bush.
According to Jesse Jackson this past weekend, Team Obama should wear the title as a badge of honor.
Transcript from Newsbusters:
Say, it’s an honor to be a food stamp president. Food stamps feed the hungry. Food stamps save the children. Food stamps help the farmer. Food stamps help the truck driver. Food stamps help the warehouse. Food stamps help the store. Food stamps hire people and feed people. Food stamps save people from starvation and malnutrition. Whenever you attack feeding the hungry, you undermine the moral authority of our faith. Give President Barack Obama a big hand. Show your love. Show your appreciation.
So it’s settled then… food stamps for everybody! Nobody will ever take them away! They can take our lives, but they can never take our food stamps!
At times Jessie Jackson sounds like the William Wallace of the dependency culture.
“Keep food stamps alive!” What an inspiring message that is sure to motivate the impoverished to seek to improve their lives and encourage the jobless to find a job:
Give the Obama campaign credit for realizing that to make a movie about these past three-plus years will require a director who is comfortable working in the myth, fantasy, science fiction, true crime and disaster genres:
With Hollywood gathering this weekend for the 84th Academy Awards, President Barack Obama has recruited Oscar-winning documentary director Davis Guggenheim to again produce a short film for his campaign.
Obama’s re-election staff in Chicago spent $162,834 on the film last month, according to the January Federal Election Commission filing. Currently in post-production, the film focuses on the president’s first three years in office, according to a campaign official.
Unfortunately for the director, “Titanic” has already been done, so he’ll have to come up with a different angle.
Let’s help with a title for the movie. I’m going with “Obama, the Movie: You have to see it to find out what’s in it.” Or maybe a Disney approach: “Solyndraella.”
So is it pretty much time to bring all of our troops home and let Karzai fend for himself? The administration was looking to speed up the timetable for a pullout anyway, and things like this will help rush that along:
(CNSNews.com) – Three days after President Barack Obama dispatched his ambassador to Afghanistan to hand deliver a personal letter from the president of the United States to Afghan President Hamid Karzai apologizing because U.S. forces at Bagram Air Force Base had mistakenly burnt some Korans, Karzai has responded to the gesture in a statement broadcast live on Afghan television.
Karzai, according to a BBC translation of his remarks made Sunday, told the Afghan people he was speaking to them after discussing the matter with “jihadi leaders,” “prominent scholars,” and Afghan elected officials, and that he spoke for the “pure sentiments” of the “Afghan nation” and the “Islamic world,” when he said: “We call on the US government to bring the perpetrators of the act to justice and put them on trial and punish them.”
At the same time Karzai was demanding the prosecution and punishment of U.S. troops involved in the Koran-burning incident, he conceded that the U.S. government had indicated that the Koran burning “was not deliberate.”
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the apologetic administration was actually chewing on Karzai’s request.
Here’s the apology that should have been delivered to Karzai:
I’m only 45 years of age but I don’t think I’ve ever felt older than I have these past few weeks. Suddenly I’ve turned into one of those “I remember back when…” people who reminisces about how things used to be “back in the day.” What makes it bizarre is that “back in the day” in this instance is just four years ago.
These days President Obama is saying there’s no quick fix to gas prices and that there’s really no rapid political solution to bringing them down. Anybody saying otherwise is just playing politics, according to Democrats (check out this New York Times headline from 2006).
Back when George W. Bush was president, it was a different story:
Have you noticed that the Democrats haven’t really attacked oil companies and their “huge profits at the expense of middle class Americans at the pump” yet? That’s their usual kneejerk reaction. Why not? Maybe they’re saving it for October. They know they’ll still get their share of Big Oil campaign cash as they did in ’08, and it could be one of the only cards they have left to play right before the election if prices stay up.